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Great ideas for day trips with the kids near London

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Stuck for things to do with the kids? As much as we love London for its museums and attractions, sometimes an excursion is what’s called for, which is why we’ve rounded up fab family days out near the capital. With theme parks, palaces, animal attractions, easy trips to the seaside and great outdoor adventures, we've got the best ideas for things to do with the whole family. Think we've missed a great family day trip outside London? Let us know in the comments box below.

Leigh-On-Sea

Tiny, sweet and quintessentially English, Leigh-on-Sea is a quiet seaside resort 30 miles east of London and a lovely family day trip. The main street of Old Leigh is lined with cheerful cafés, and on the seafront are cockle sheds and working boats. At the west end, a tiny sandy beach gives way to a muddy gulch when the tide goes out - kids love it, but parents might want to take some spare clothes and a plastic bag for the journey home.

  1. Essex, SS9 2ET
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Mersea Island

It's only at high tide that Mersea Island is actually separate from the rest of Essex, when a stretch of the B1025 is submerged beneath the waves and becomes the Strood causeway. Once there, the island is a flat five miles across with plenty of simple pleasures to enjoy. The local farmed flat oysters and Colchester natives are legendary. Next to the oyster farms are boatyards, working fishing boats and yachts in the summer season, as well as sand and shingle beaches.

  1. Colchester, CO5 8QA
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Camber Sands

Camber Sands withholds its beauty until the last second - it's hidden beyond a mountain of sand dunes. The beach itself is a vast seven-mile sweep of soft sand that's half a mile wide at low tide. Families enjoy the views from behind their windbreaks and then emerge to build sandcastles or paddle in the sea. The constant breeze also makes it popular with kite boarders and windsurfers, but they are kept within a restricted part of the beach.

  1. TN31 7RL
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Penningtonpr
Penningtonpr

How about Groombridge Place near Tunbridge Wells.  Plenty to do for a whole day including adventure opportunities in the forest from giant tree swings for adults and children to having pirate adventures in Crusoe's World or playing cowboys and indians in the teepees!  Two birds of prey displays every day except Mondays, lovely walled gardens with a giant chess set which children love to play on.  Moat, Canal boat, animals including the famous Zedonk.  Extra events during the school holidays.  Lovely refurbished restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating www.groombridgeplace.com  The attraction is also one of the Seven Wonders of the Weald www.sevenwonders.org.uk

Snuffles
Snuffles

We love days out and there are some great nominations here. Go Ape is a favourite, a good excuse to get active and let off steam. Recommend http://www.daytripfinder.co.uk/ for finding discounts and offers to attractions.

Layla
Layla

I seggest you go to Mad Hatter's Tea Party.It's a absolute delight!My favourite is the pops which turn your tongue from hot to cold!

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Anna McQuaid
Anna McQuaid

A great way to escape the madness of London is to visit the Betty Blythe Teashop in West London. A very family friendly spot, Betty Blythe is full to the brim with tasty treats and is the perfect excuse to make time for tea and cake! West London's top spot for Children's parties too - tables are set up for a grown up tea party (complete with teapots filled with hot chocolate!) the venue offers everything a little girl can dream of from dressing up to cupcake decorating, jewellery making and fairytale face painting.